Election officials check Kharge's helicopter in Bihar; Cong seeks EC's response

Officials inspect Kharge's chopper in Bihar. Photo: PTI, screengrab from video shared by Rathorre

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday accused the poll officials of targetting the opposition leaders after its chief Mallikarjun Kharge's helicopter was checked in Bihar's Samastipur. The party alleged that the officials were blocking Congress leaders during the election campaign when leaders of the BJP-led NDA were being allowed to move "freely".
Condemning this discriminatory inspection, Congress leader Rajesh Rathorre, who is the party's spokesperson in Bihar, sought a response from the Election Commission over the incident.

"The Election Commission (EC) should clarify whether such checking of choppers of Congress leaders is routine and whether similar checks were also conducted on top leaders of the NDA," Rathorre said in his video message. "The EC should make all such records public, otherwise it will be construed that it is only targeting opposition leaders to stop them, and is letting NDA leaders go freely," he said.

The Congress spokesperson said the EC should put out videos of all leaders who have been checked. Kharge on Saturday addressed back-to-back Lok Sabha election rallies in Samastipur and Muzaffarpur in the state.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's helicopter was checked in Kerala and, now, party president Kharge's has been checked in Bihar's Samastipur, Congress leader Rajesh Rathorre claimed in a video message on X.

Rathorre also shared a video claiming that the chief electoral officer of Bihar is herself monitoring the checking of Kharge's helicopter in Samastipur. The video showed a helicopter with officials including policemen around it.
(With PTI inputs)

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